The Boat

The RS100 is a single-manufacturer one design racing dinghy (SMOD) designed and manufactured by RS Sailing.  The boat is available either directly from RS Sailing or from their global network of dealers and agents.  The RS100 will apply ISAF Class Status in either 2010 or 2011.

The RS100 was designed by Paul Handley and developed by RS Sailing in 2009.  It offers dinghy sailors a stable, fast and highly rewarding platform for singlehanded sailing.  Its main features are a 12.5m asymmetric spinnaker for fast and fun offwind legs combined with a comfortable, ergonomic hull for a quick pace and responsive handling upwind.

The boat is designed as a hiking boat so unlike some other higher performance singlehanders it does not have a trapeze system.  This makes the boat the ideal choice for a wide range of helms who, for whatever reason, choose not to race a trapeze boat.  Similarly, the addition of the spinnaker encourages sailing tactical angles for optimum VMG downwind.  This makes the boat a fantastic toy for those not looking to kneel down or crouch when sailing with the wind behind them.

Commercial production commenced in January 2010 and the first release of RS100 to paying customers began in March 2010.  By May 2010 over 200 units had been ordered from across the world making it one of the largest initial class launches known in racing dinghy production.

The hull is an epoxy composite construction offering a stiff and durable racing life.   The RS100 is characterised by wide flared side-decks; sharp, aggressive forward chines and a wide, stable stern section- ideal for easy handling of the spinnaker during set piece manoeuvres in a broad range of wind and sea conditions.  The inclusion of a full carbon foredeck adds  structural strength in lieu of a forestayed rig and with the option to have clear gelcoat finish, gives the design a distinctive 21st century look and feel that sets it apart from other classes within its category.

The rig is semi-supported with adjustable stays fed through adjustable rotating spreaders, although the upwind character is very similar to the unstayed rig of its older sister, the RS300.  The stays prevent overt rig inversion when sailing with the asymmetric spinnaker downwind and add some lateral stability, notably on the bigger 10.2m sail when sailing upwind in >10 knots of breeze.  The rig design features a carbon composite mast, carbon composite boom and a carbon-reinforced GRP composite bowsprit all supplied by the industry leading spar builder, Selden.

The RS100 has two rig options, managed on a single 3 piece mast with a single size 12.5m asymmetric spinnaker.  The mainsail size options are 8.4m and 10.2m- the choice of mainsail is down to the individual helmsperson based on his or her own selection against the wind and sea conditions.  At the time of writing, no formal structures have been announced from the International RS Class Association governing the selection of rigs and/or the frequency under which a helmsperson can change his or her own rig selection.  Most owners are purchasing just one sail they deem appropriate to their weight, height and the prevailing conditions of their favoured locations.  RS has indicated their intention to create two distinct classes sharing administrative infrastructure and event locations at some point in the future.

The sails were developed by RS in association with Hyde Sails.  Both Hyde & RS share the branding on the sails and only official sails supplied by RS and/or its dealer network will be deemed class legal, therefore suitable for racing under the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing.

Blocks and Fittings are supplied by Selden primarily, these include some bespoke fittings for the RS100 including the bow fitting, mast gate and deck organisers.  The boat features a centreboard and lifting rudder for easy launching and recovery.  The mast breaks down into three pieces (2 major components plus a stump extension for conversion from the 8.4 to 10.2 sail size).  This makes it suitable for car topping subject to the load limits of the car and roof bars.  Trolleys, Trailers, Covers, Mast Bags and Foil cases are readily available as optional extras and the use of electronic navigation aids (Tacticks) is likely to be permitted within the class rules.

General statistics:

Suggested Yardstick: 1005 (10.2 metre sail) / 1014 (8.4 metre sail)
Length: 4300mm
Beam: 1830mm
Hull weight (ex fittings): 55kg
Sailing Weight: 80kg

Designer: Paul Handley
Design Consultant: Vitali Design, Italy

RS100 Sales Brochure: click here

For more information on the RS100 and to arrange a test sail, please contact your local dealer.